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Pictured above, construction booms on campus during April of 1969. In the foreground, the southeast addition of the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building with Allwine Hall under construction in the background.

This Week in Campus History

On April 2, 1993, The Gateway reported on the success of the recent UNO Conference for Romance Writers and Readers. Event organizer Mary Macchietto, a university program development specialist, had the idea for the conference following a similar event she had attended for Mystery aficionados. According to Macchietto, many fans of romantic fiction felt that they were looked down upon by the rest of the literary world, and the UNO conference studied this genre from a scholarly point of view. The conference keynote speaker was best-selling romance author Jill Marie Landis.

Date: April 2, 1993
Source: The Gateway
Compiled by University Library Archives

Jeff Bundy

Shot of a Lifetime

by Nick Schinker

It was just the first full day of a 45-day assignment when Jeff Bundy shot the photograph of a lifetime.

"Ramadi is the most dangerous city in the most dangerous country in the world, and we were embedded in a combat unit," recalls Bundy, an Omaha World-Herald photographer who was documenting stories about Nebraskans serving in Iraq. ...continue

Native American Speakers Series April 13

UNO will be the site of the 2006 Native American Speakers Series titled "Lights, Camera, Action: Native Americans and Film" Thursday, April 13. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

Native/First Nations people will be on hand to serve as panelists at the event. The group also will discuss the depiction of Native American people in film. Native films will be screened.

Gail Maurice, actor and director from Canada, will lead the panel discussion. Among her film credits are Johnny Greyeyes, Little Indians and Smudge. Other panelists will include Moses Brings Plenty, actor/performer; Sheila Rocha, playwright/director; Rich Barea, actor/performer; and John Belindo, actor/performer.

Sponsors of the festival include Native American Studies at UNO, the Native American Speakers Series, the Journal of Religion & Film, the UNO Film Society, the UNO Department of English, the Goodrich Program and the UNO College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Beth Ritter at 554.3376, Barbara Robins at 554.3326 or Kathy Cox Schwartz at 554.2628.

Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow April 15

The UNO campus will be filled with Native-American spirit Saturday, April 15, during the eighth annual pow wow event, which will run from noon to 6 p.m. at Sapp Fieldhouse.

The Grand Entry will begin at noon, and dinner will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court. The event is free and open to the public. Registration for participating dancers and vendors will begin at 10 a.m. The first four drums to register will receive $100.

Native-American dance, drum groups and singing are among the activities planned for the pow wow. It will feature the participation of the following individuals from their designated tribes:

- Jeramie Colvin (Seminole) and Julia Wolf (Omaha), master and mistress of ceremonies;

- Lance Knudsen (Omaha), arena director;

- Ruben Zendejas (Omaha), hoop dancer;

- Thomas Hinman (Ponca), head boy;

- Shelly Hernandez (Omaha), head girl;

- Kristina Cantu (Omaha/Ponca), pow wow princess;

- Soldier Boys, host northern drum;

- Craig Cleveland Jr. (Winnebago), head singer;

- Young Generation, host southern drum;

- Neal Sheridan Jr. (Omaha), head singer; and

- Warrior Society, color guard.

The pow wow is being sponsored by the UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council and Native American Studies at UNO, and the Nebraska Arts Council.

For more information, contact Carolyn Fiscus at 554.3987.

Careers in Aging Week Begins April 10

The UNO Department of Gerontology will celebrate Careers in Aging Week April 10-14 with a variety of activities. The national celebration is coordinated by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). The 2006 theme is "I Will Make a Difference."

"The impending spike in the aging population presents UNO students who study aging the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many – by working with elders, helping families and providers that care for elders, or taking account of elders in the conduct of their business or profession," said Lyn Holley, assistant professor of gerontology at UNO. "Careers in Aging Week is an especially good opportunity to get the word out to students about these opportunities."

Large posters featuring the 2006 theme will be posted on the UNO and University of Nebraska-Lincoln campuses.

On Thursday, April 13, faculty and students will host an exhibit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. The display table will feature career brochures, laptops with streaming video, career-oriented giveaways, games and more.

UNO faculty in gerontology and related departments will offer an instructional package on careers in aging that can be presented during a class throughout the week. The package includes a five-minute slide presentation with a script and a 10-minute DVD produced by the AGHE.

For more information, contact Dr. Holley at 554.4814 or

Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition Opens Tonight

The Spring 2006 BFA Thesis Exhibition opens tonight, April 7, at UNO. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The work of Frances Osugi, Brandon Liebig, Kym Johnson Rutledge, Jonathan Sours and Alexia Thiele will be featured.

Osugi's thesis, "Hand Produced Books from the Monku-Monku Press," showcases edition printing in letterpress, woodblock, intaglio and photolithography. "The portraits and stories come from my life and my imagination," she said.

Rutledge's thesis is titled "Who am I? I am Everyman." This series of paintings is based on contemporary characters from "Everyman," a medieval morality play written in the 15th century. "Each character is a personification of a virtue or vice, and each embodies a part of me," Rutledge said. "My painting style expresses the movement of wet paint in order to bring life to a static state, as breath is to the body."

Jonathan D. Sours titled his painting and drawing series "Ten Accounts of Three Figures." It features three figures that are examined and deconstructed through repetition.

Thiele's thesis, "duplicate duplicate," is a reflection of life as a twin. It includes video, puzzles and collages.

The exhibition runs through May 5. The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Deborah-Eve Lombard at 554.2796.

"Turn in Day" Today for Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk

Today, April 7, is "Turn in Day" for the 2006 Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk.

To be eligible for prizes, team captains and individuals are asked to turn in funds raised between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the W.H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

All money raised through this event directly benefits female student-athletes via the UNO Athletics Scholarship Program. The theme of the 21st annual walk is "The Beginning of a New Generation." The event will be held at Sapp Fieldhouse rain or shine. The doors will open at 9 a.m., and the 30-minute walk begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact the UNO Women's Walk Office at 554.2533. For additional walk information, visit the Web at

2006 HPER Banquet April 21

The UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will host the 2006 HPER Banquet Friday, April 21. The event, designed to celebrate the students and their accomplishments of the past year, will be held at Anthony's Restaurant, 72nd and F St.

Helping to plan the banquet are the presidents of the various student organizations within the UNO School of HPER. Reservations are due by Friday, April 14. Tickets are $17 if reservations are made by April 7, and $19 for reservations made April 8-14.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Beverly Sutherland or Becky Scronce in 207 HPER, or call 554.2670.

Community of Science Information Session April 11

The next Community of Science (COS) information session will be held Tuesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. in Room 207 of University Library.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) hosts these hour-long sessions to provide faculty and graduate students with information about the various online resources available through COS.

Reservations for the information session are not required. For more information, contact Nancy Schlesiger at 554.2286.

Smokers Sought for UNMC Exercise Study

Smokers are sought for an exercise study to be conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and UNO.

UNMC researchers will evaluate the effect of exercise training on insulin sensitivity in smokers who have elevated blood sugar levels. Subjects will participate in eight weeks of exercise at the Center for Healthy Living at UNMC or the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building at UNO.

If you are a smoker between the ages of 19 and 65 in good general health who doesn't exercise on a regular basis, you may be eligible to participate. Interested individuals will be offered a fasting blood sugar test at no cost to determine if they are eligible for the study.

For more information, contact the study coordinator at 559.3458 or

Masters and Music Series Continues April 9

Innovations in Sight and Sound, the next installment in the Masters and Music series at UNO, will be held Sunday, April 9. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.

The series, which is sponsored by Friends of Art, blends artistic imagery and musical composition. The April 9 installment will feature Mark Masuoka, executive director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and Tomm Roland, coordinator of percussion studies and multicultural music in the UNO Department of Music.

Masuoka will discuss cutting-edge ideas and techniques of contemporary art in today's world. Dr. Roland will echo that discussion with a performance that blends world drumming traditions, contemporary music aesthetics and electronics.

"This event will empower our understanding of the core of contemporary creativity and its relationship to innovation," said event organizer Sheri Hofschire.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The presentation will be followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Art Scholarship Fund. Friends of Art is a support group for the UNO Department of Art and Art History.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Hofschire at 554.2402.

ITS to Host Mac Users Meeting April 10

Information Technology Services (ITS) invites Mac users from across campus to attend an informational meeting Monday, April 10. The event will be held in 200 Eppley Administration Building at 9:30 a.m.

Discussion topics include UNO's partnership with Apple, the Intel Transition, and ITS services and support.

For more information, call ITS Customer Services at 554.HELP (4357).

UNO to Honor National Wrestling Champions April 10

The UNO Spirit Committee has designated this activity as a UNO spiritUNO spirit event.

The UNO community will honor the latest addition to its roster of national champions in an event set for Monday, April 10. A celebration for the Maverick wrestling team will begin at 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse. The event is open to the public, and all Maverick fans are encouraged to attend.

The Mavericks, coached by Mike Denney, won a third straight NCAA Division II wrestling title March 11 in Findlay, Ohio. The NCAA II championship, the third straight and fourth for the school, marked the 14th top-three finish in the past 16 years. The Mavericks have finished lower than third just twice in the past 16 years and have not finished lower than eighth place since 1980. The Mavericks also won their third national dual meet title this year.

the nameDenney, in his 27th year, led UNO to NCAA Division II National, NCAA Division II North Central Regional and North Central Conference championships, and was named the Coach of the Year at the NCAA Division II North Central Regional.

For more information about the March 11 title win, visit the Web at For more information about the April 10 celebration, contact Gary Anderson at 554.3387.

Those in attendance at the April 10 celebration will be eligible to receive a "Spirit Ticket" from the UNO Spirit Committee. A drawing for a free Maverick T-shirt will take place. Participants must be present to win. For more information, contact Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or Mary Sweaney at 554.3668.

CCSW to Host Sexual Assault Mock Trial and Cell Phone Drive

In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW), the Omaha YWCA and the UNO Pre-Law Association will sponsor a sexual assault mock trial and cell phone drive.

The mock trial will be held Tuesday, April 11, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event is designed for a mature audience, and it is free and open to the public.

An actual case from the metro area will be used for the proceedings. Participants will include a former judge, current Douglas and Sarpy County prosecutors, a sexual assault nurse examiner and a police officer. The jury pool will be chosen from those in attendance.

Donations of used cell phones will be collected through April 11 in University Affairs (108 Eppley Administration Building), and phones also will be accepted at the mock trial. All cell phones collected by the CCSW will be donated to the YWCA for women who need phones for emergencies.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Keller at 554.3317 or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243. For more information about pre-law at UNO, visit the Web at

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For more information about the CCSW, visit the Web at

Men's Health Day Rescheduled for April 13

Student Health Services (SHS) has rescheduled its Men's Health Day event for Thursday, April 13, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Cholesterol and blood sugar tests will be available for $15. PSA testing will be available for an additional $15. Free information on healthy eating, cardiovascular disease, hair loss, testicular cancer and depression will be on hand. Attendees can also earn points for Mav Tracks and enter for free giveaways.

SHS is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center. For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.

University Library to Present An Evening of Poetry

University Library will present An Evening of Poetry featuring readings by Nebraska poets Jim Reese and Mark Scott Thursday, April 20. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 100. This presentation is made possible by Nebraska Humanities Council grant funds.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Reese and Scott will read from their work, sign books and answer questions from the audience.

Reese teaches in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English and works on the editorial staff of the Prairie Schooner. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including New York Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Plains Song Review, Poetry Motel and others. His full-length collection of poetry, These Trespasses, was published by Backwaters Press in 2005. Poems from These Trespasses recently were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Scott received his doctorate in English from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and he currently teaches English at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. His first collection of poems, Tactile Values, was published by New Issues Press in 2000. He has two collections of poems, A Bedroom Occupation and The History Editor, currently being considered for publication. He is at work on a collection of prose.

In addition, UNO Book Arts students, under the direction of Bonnie O'Connell, will produce letterpress-printed broadsides commemorating the evening's readings, which will be available as a keepsake for audience members.

An Evening of Poetry is one of many grants funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC). NHC has awarded more than $100,000 in grants each year.

Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NHC is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. The Nebraska Humanities Council funds programs that explore Nebraska's heritage, build community awareness, and strengthen ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.

Any nonprofit group is eligible to apply for a grant from the NHC. The NHC staff is available for grant consultation and will read proposal drafts.

For a copy of Nebraska Humanities Council grant guidelines, contact the Council at:

215 Centennial Mall South
Suite 500
Lincoln, NE 68508
Ph: 402.474.2131
Fax: 402.474.4852

The entire grant guideline packet is available online at

For more information on the April 20 event, contact Marvel Maring at 554.2992 or

Reduced Admission to Air and Space Museum April 8-9

All University of Nebraska employees are eligible for reduced admission to the Strategic Air and Space Museum this weekend, April 8-9.

The current exhibition is "The Lost Spacecraft: Liberty Bell 7 Recovered." Visitors are encouraged to control the interactive elements of the spacecraft and experience the challenge known to early astronauts and modern-day explorers.

All University of Nebraska employees and their immediate families will be admitted for $5 with a valid university ID. Students with a valid university ID will be admitted for $2.

On Saturday, April 8, current astronaut Thomas H. Marshburn, M.D., will speak at 11 a.m. He completed his Astronaut Candidate training in Februrary 2006, which included scientific and technical briefings, physiological training, T-38 flight training and survival training. His previous work with NASA included 10 years of flight surgeon experience and as NASA representative to the Harvard/MIT Smart Medical Systems Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute in Boston.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Web at

In the News

- UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck was pictured in the Feb. 10 edition of the In the NewsMidlands Business Journal. The accompanying article explored goals announced Feb. 2 at the annual meeting the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, which include building enthusiasm for Omaha and attracting new businesses.

- Loree Bykerk, political science, was quoted in the March 16 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed Elkhorn, Neb., councilmen's focus on avoiding annexation by Omaha.

- James Freeman, multicultural affairs, was cited in the March 2 edition of the Omaha Star. The article profiled this year's recipients of the African American Leadership Awards, including Freeman.

- Moshe Gershovich, history, was quoted in the March 3 edition of the Jewish Press. The article announced that Dr. Gershovich would be teaching a course on the Holocaust at UNO and giving a lecture series at Temple Israel. He also was quoted in the March 1 edition of City Weekly. The article previewed the 49th annual Missouri Valley History Conference, which was held in March in downtown Omaha.

- Mike Hilt, communication, was pictured in the Feb. 24 edition of the Midlands Business Journal. The article examined an increase in marketing to Baby Boomers.

- John Langan, dean of the UNO College of Education, was quoted in the March 2 edition of the Omaha Star. The article highlighted a new UNO program being offered this spring that addresses a nationwide need for special education.

- John Shroder, geography/geology, was quoted in the March-April 2006 edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Chicago). The article examined the debate about self-censorship to the geosciences.

- Paul Strawhecker, public administration, was featured in the February 2006 edition of One Magazine. The article highlighted his work with nonprofits and fundraising.

- Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice, was quoted in the March 6 edition of the St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.). The article explored the recklessness surrounding crude behavior of Tampa officers.

- Anne York, marketing and management, was quoted in the March 3 edition of the Daily News (Norfolk, Neb.) and the March 15 edition of the Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.). The articles highlighted the UNO Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute, which is seeking high school students who are interested in marketing

If you are a member of the UNO community and have been interviewed by the media – local, state, regional, national or international – we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

In Print

- Robert Graham, physics, had a submission published in the March 2006 edition of The Physics Teacher. His article discussing real image produced by a concave mirror appeared in the "From Our Files" section.

If you've authored or edited a book, article or other text that's been published recently, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Stage

Performances of "The Arabian Nights" Begin April 13
The UNO Department of Theatre will present Mary Zimmerman's "The Arabian Nights" April 13-15 and 19-22 in the UNO Theater. The production is directed by D. Scott Glasser.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all performances. The April 19 performance will be ASL interpreted. A talkback session with the director, designers and cast will follow the April 21 performance.

Nebraska native Zimmerman's adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling. Her trademark use of multiple stories that embody a common thread of human experience captivated audiences last season in UNO's performances of "Metamorphoses," a collection of tales from Ovid's "Metamorphoses," uniquely written to be staged in a pool of water. UNO's production was hailed as 2004's "Best College Production" by Omaha World-Herald reviewer Bob Fischbach.

The UNO Theater is located in the Weber Fine Arts Building, and the box office is now open. Ticket prices are $15, and $10 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person at the box office, by e-mail at, or by phone at 554.2335.

For more information, contact Ron Zank at 554.2406.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an upcoming performance, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.

On Exhibit

Experimental Gallery Invites Exploration through May 5
Ventilation, an experimental gallery created by studio art students in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, is currently on display in the southeast corner of the UNO Sculpture Lab.

The purpose of this laboratory space is to create a forum for exploratory technical and conceptual practice, said David Helm, associate professor and chair of the UNO Department of Art and Art History. A series of six weekly exhibits is taking place through May 5. This semester's work includes video installation, environmental transformation, political commentary and nostalgic feminist documentary.

"By using artwork, students seek to establish a significant dialogue between the campus and the community," Helm said. "Ventilation is an open atmosphere that welcomes people interested in investigating the boundaries of human expression."

Parking is available outside the UNO Sculpture Lab. Opening receptions are taking place each Monday from noon to 1 p.m., and closing receptions are taking place each Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Helm at 554.2207.

Science Fictions, Illumine at Lang Gallery
The work of Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, art and art history, is featured in an exhibition at the Lang Gallery at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, through April 18. The exhibition includes two new bodies of work. Nordman's Science Fictions is a three-channel video installation that juxtaposes scientific imagery, fabricated landscapes and historical timelines through mathematical randomization to create an ever evolving and transforming narrative environment. Boyer's Illumine combines the ancient art of encaustic painting with 21st century digital image making. The works explore landscape, memory and perception on an intimate scale and predominantly explore the artist's experience of the landscape of western Iowa, her home. Both bodies of work are supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Illumine is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

If you are a member of the UNO community and are involved in an exhibit, we want to know about it! Send an e-mail with the particulars to Please include a contact name and phone number. For more information, call 554.2243 or 554.2762.